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02 November 2016
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UK schools teach Polish language, history
UK schools teach Polish language, history
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A number of Polish Saturday schools have opened in the United Kingdom as the Polish population there has grown. Among other things, students learn Polish language, history and geography.
The Guardian (London) (25 Oct.) 
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Why are Finland's schools so successful?
Despite having fewer hours of instruction than many other developed nations -- and little homework -- Finland's students continue to outperform many of their peers worldwide. One possible reason is the culture of trust within the education system, suggests Saku Tuominen, director of the HundrED Project, a Finnish initiative designed to share the country's successes with other nations.
BBC (27 Oct.) 
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Professional Development
Singapore seeks to improve school leadership
Twenty-four leaders from preschools in Singapore have visited the United States to learn more about how schools in the US are managed as part of a programme designed to improve school leadership. The move comes as leadership shortages have led many teachers in Singapore to quickly be promoted to principal.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (30 Oct.) 
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Leadership and Governance
UNICEF: Air pollution affects 2B children worldwide
Two billion children around the globe are breathing toxic air, nearly 300 million of whom are exposed to pollution levels more than six times higher than World Health Organization standards, according to a UNICEF report. The group urged world leaders to improve children's access to health care, reduce their exposure to air pollution, strengthen air pollution monitoring, and reduce overall pollution by lowering fossil fuel use and increasing investments in energy efficiency.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (30 Oct.),  CNN (31 Oct.),  USA Today/The Associated Press (30 Oct.) 
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Students to compete in Raspberry Pi challenge
Students again are invited to compete in the annual Raspberry Pi challenge. This year's competition, organisers say, is focused on improving the lives of people who have limiting conditions.
Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (28 Oct.) 
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Teachers, students from Germany study in US
Two teachers from Germany are accompanying 12 students as they study at a high school in the United States. The students spend time on academics, but also discuss the environment at their temporary home in West Texas.
Odessa American (Texas) (29 Oct.) 
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